Observations from Ben Simmons’ Nets debut in preseason loss to Sixers

Ben Simmons made his long-awaited debut for the Brooklyn Nets in Monday's preseason game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Not only was it Simmons' first game with the Nets, it was his first game in over a year since his former Sixers' infamous Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Simmons ended the first half of the Nets' 127-108 loss to Philadelphia with six points on 3-on-6 shooting, five assists, four rebounds, a steal and two turnovers in 19 minutes.
ADVERTISEMENT
From goals to passes to defense, here's everything from Simmons' first game as a net.
Points
If there's something new in Simmons' scoring repertoire, it might take a little more mingling with the Nets in real-world gaming environments for it to present itself.
But from what we saw on Monday, there was nothing new.
Simmons had a couple of strong takes to the rim thanks to dump-off passes from teammates. But more than a year later, virtually all of the Philadelphia editions survived.
Simmons applied some pressure, accelerating in the middle of the floor like he was making his way to the edge, only to suddenly stop on a dime and look for teammates around him. It wasn't that he was just trying to be a selfless playmaker for his fellow players. Rather, it was because the Sixer cut lanes in its own way, and Simmons didn't feel comfortable getting into a sweater or changing hands and turning the Jets the other way.
There was one play where Simmons even got in the way of Georges Niang. Rather than realizing the sporting advantages he has over Niang, Simmons balked at tackling him, turning and looking for a teammate to retrieve the ball and start the action.
Simmons attempted a fadeaway jumper and two free throws:
The free throws at least found the rim, but the result was the same. Simmons' free-throw mechanics seemed to rely less on the lead hand than they did during his Philly days. The left hand seemed to do most of the work, and there seemed to be less wasted movement. Switching mechanics doesn't matter if you don't have touch or confidence, and Simmons didn't have either in his attempts.
pass
Simmons looked a little calmer as he sensed opportunities arose for his teammates. There were a few possessions where Simmons would intuitively swing into dribbling handoffs for Kyrie Irving or other teammates able to curl off screens or handle the ball downhill. He had a couple of nice passes as the connective tissue sprayed the ball to teammates who were moving amid the chaos around him.
You can really see the threat he poses in transition. There were a number of games where Simmons was on the run, the defense collapsed in front of him, leaving the ball to Irving or Durant to attack or step into shots from the catch. Given his size, speed, and athleticism, pressuring the defense to get back into the transition is problematic enough. With nukes like Durant and Irving running with him, it's absolutely unstoppable.
The story goes on

Last News

Sen. Raphael Warnock Is Finally Going for the Jugular in Georgia Senate Battle

Sen. Raphael Warnock Is Finally Going for the Jugular in Georgia Senate Battle

Japan court rules same-sex marriage ban constitutional

5 cars Joe Biden's Secret Service rented in Nantucket burst into flames a day after they were returned: report

5 cars Joe Biden's Secret Service rented in Nantucket burst into flames a day after they were returned: report

This South Korean Football Player Has Gone Viral After His 2022 FIFA World Cup Appearance